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    Title

    Strategies for Rapid Implementation of Interstellar Missions: Precursors and Beyond

    Description

    Knowledge about space beyond our solar system and between the stars—that is interstellar space —is lacking data. Even as IBEX, NASA’s Interstellar Background Explorer, studies the edge of our solar system, it still is confined to earth orbit. Arguably, some of the most compelling data to understand the universe we live in will come from sampling the actual environment beyond our solar system as Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft are on the threshold of doing. In the 36 years since the Voyager probes’ launches, significant advances in materials science, analytical chemistry, information technologies, imaging capabilities, communications and propulsion systems have been made. The recently released IAA study: “Key Technologies to Enable Near-Term Interstellar Scientific Precursor Missions” along with significant initiatives like the DARPA seed-funded 100 Year Starship and the Breakthrough Starshot project, signal the need, readiness and benefits to aggressively undertaking interstellar space missions. This session seeks to define specific strategies and key enabling steps to implement interstellar precursor missions within the next 10-15 years. Suggestions for defined projects, payloads, teams, spacecraft and mission profiles that leverage existing technological capacities, yet will yield probes that generate new information about deep space, rapidly exit the solar system and which can be launched before 2040 are sought.

    Date

    2019-10-24

    Time

    09:45

    Room

    144B

    IPC members
    • Co-Chair: Dr. Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship, United States;

    • Co-Chair: Prof. Giancarlo Genta, Politecnico di Torino, Italy;

    • Rapporteur: Mrs. Emeline De Antonio, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France;

    papers

    Order

    Time

    Paper title

    Mode

    Presentation status

    Speaker

    Affiliation

    Country

    1

    09:45

    An Interstellar Probe for the next Heliophysics Decadal Survey

    10

    confirmed

    Dr. Ralph L. McNutt, Jr.

    The John Hopkins University

    United States

    2

    09:55

    Interstellar Probe: Cross-Divisional Science Enabled by the First Deliberate Step in to the Galaxy

    10

    Dr. Pontus Brandt

    Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboraory

    United States

    3

    10:05

    Dual Jupiter Swing-by Trajectory for Interstellar Probe

    10

    confirmed

    Dr. Peter Gath

    Airbus Defence and Space - Space Systems

    Germany

    4

    10:15

    The Physics of Heat Shielding During an Oberth Maneuver

    10

    Dr. Jason Benkoski

    The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

    United States

    6

    10:25

    Near Term Interstellar Missions : Finding and Reaching Interstellar Objects

    10

    confirmed

    Mr. T. Marshall Eubanks

    Space Initiatives Inc.

    United States

    7

    10:35

    Sustainable Design for Extended Space Travel, Apprised

    10

    Mr. Antoine Faddoul

    Tony Sky Designs Group

    United States

    8

    10:45

    Effect of ISM Impacts on Relativistic Spacecraft

    10

    Mr. Jon Drobny

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    United States

    9

    10:55

    The Breakthrough Starshot Initiative: Program Update and Next Steps

    10

    Prof. Avi Loeb

    Harvard University

    United States

    10

    11:05

    Experimental Study of Dynamics of a Lightsail Under Simulated Acceleration

    10

    confirmed

    Mr. Hansen Liu

    McGill University

    Canada

    11

    11:15

    The Starshot Communication Downlink

    10

    Dr. Kevin Parkin

    Breakthrough Initiatives

    United States

    12

    11:25

    Design of a strategy based on AI to boost interstellar travel: the case of Breakthrough Starshot Project

    10

    confirmed

    Mr. Diego Jimenez

    Private

    Colombia

    13

    11:35

    Directed Energy - The Path to Radical Propulsion Advancement- Enabling Long Range Power Beaming for Rapid Interplanetary and the First Interstellar Missions

    10

    Prof. Philip Lubin

    University of California Santa Barbara

    United States